By Sami Zaptia.
Tripoli, 29 August 2013:
Referring to Tuesday’s demonstration by those who had suffered war damage and were seeking state compensation, . . .[restrict]Prime Minister Ali Zeidan said that it was a “model demonstration”.
Speaking at Wednesday’s (28th August) press conference, Zeidan commended the demonstrators for the way they conducted themselves and their demonstration in front of the GNC.
Zeidan highlighted the fact that it was a peaceful demonstration and that members of the GNC came out to meet and listen to the demands of the demonstrators.
The Prime Minister, without explicitly mentioning it, was contrasting what he referred to as a “model demonstration” with the numerous other demonstrations in front of both the GNC and his office where both state institutions had been stormed by force and damage was caused.
The most recent of these was the demonstration by the Amazigh minority two weeks ago, which had initially started off peacefully, but ended up with the storming of the GNC.
“This issue (of compensation) has caused me concern since becoming Prime Minister and was one of the reasons why I have declined from visiting some of these cities until something is done about this issue”, Zeidan explained.
We have referred this issue to the GNC for an additional budget and have recommended that those who have suffered war damage or loss are compensated in the short term from now on LD 1,000 per month until their claims are settled, explained the Prime Minister. [/restrict]